Unbeaten Keith High travels to Southside

Published 7:47 am Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Southside tries to knock off its second-biggest rival on Friday night.

Southside (3-1) entertains No. 6 Keith (5-0) on Friday night at Panthers Stadium.

Speed from both sides will be on display, meaning plenty of big plays are possible.

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The Bears are led by quarterback Terrell Lumpkin, running back Jayln Jones and defensive lineman Ty’Rel Perry.

Southside’s speed merchants are led by quarterback Chris Thomas, wide receivers Tae Spears, Derick Moore and running back Sam Taylor.

Panthers head coach Charles Moody Jr. said he’s impressed with the Bears’ defense, who haven’t allowed a point this season.

‘‘They have a complete team, speed, power,skill, and good linemen on both sides of the ball,’’ Moody said. ‘

‘No one has scored on them this season and there is a reason why. We have to establish the run and stop the run! We have to make sure we do not turn the ball over and minimize mistakes.’’

Keith head coach Anthony Lumpkin said the Panthers’ explosive offense will be tough to contain

‘‘Southside’s a well coached team and I know Coach Moody will have his team ready to play,” Coach Lumpkin said. ‘‘If we execute our offense and limit their big plays with our defense, it gives us a great chance to win the game.’’

Southside holds a slight 26-21 lead in the all-time series, including a 28-22 overtime victory last year at J.V. Caldwell Stadium. 

Keith’s last win in the series was a 29-20 victory three years ago.

The Panthers beat their biggest rival, Selma, on Aug. 27.